Curriculum Materials and Lesson Plans

students gathered around a ranger in a jack pine forest
A Ranger and group of students explore a gray pine ecosystem along West Beach's Dune Succession Trail.

NPS Photo / Joseph Gruzalski

Below are lists of available education programs through Indiana Dunes National Park.

Please visit our Plan a Field Trip page to schedule a program with your students.

For a printed paper copy of a program listed below, please email us your mailing address with the name of requested program or call our Education Programs Ranger/Specialist, Christine Gerlach, at 219-395-1885.

You can also send your program request to:

Attn: Christine Gerlach
Indiana Dunes National Park
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Indiana State Education Standards Included

Program

Grade

Season that Program is Available

A Grain of Truth

4th - 6th

Spring, Summer, Fall

The Chellbergs had a Farm

Preschool - 3rd

Year-Round

Discover

Preschool - 3rd

Year-Round

Fall Fanfare

1st - 6th

October - November

Habitat Hike

4th - 12th

Year-Round

Lake Michigan Alive

4th - 12th

Year-Round

Mount Baldy Moves & West Beach Walk

Preschool - 3rd

Spring, Summer, Fall

Maple Sugar Time

All Grades

First two-weeks of March

Pinhook Bog

6th - 12th

Mid April - Mid November

Potawatomi and Fur Traders

Year-Round

Reflections on Snow

5th - 12th

January - February 15

Secrets of Succession

6th - 12th

Spring, Summer, Fall

Talk With the Animals

Preschool - 1st

Year-Round

Water World

Unavailable at this Time

Winter Exploration

January - February 15

Illinois State Education Standards Included

Program

Grade

Season that Program is Available

A Grain of Truth

4th - 6th

Spring, Summer, Fall

The Chellbergs had a Farm

Preschool - 3rd

Year-Round

Discover

Preschool - 3rd

Year-Round

Fall Fanfare

1st - 6th

October - November

Habitat Hike

4th - 12th

Year-Round

Lake Michigan Alive

4th - 12th

Year-Round

Mount Baldy Moves & West Beach Walk

Preschool - 3rd

Spring, Summer, Fall

Maple Sugar Time

All Grades

First two-weeks of March

Pinhook Bog

6th - 12th

Mid April - Mid November

Potawatomi and Fur Traders

Year-Round

Reflections on Snow

5th - 12th

January - February 15

Secrets of Succession

6th - 12th

Spring, Summer, Fall

Talk With the Animals

Preschool - 1st

Year-Round

Water World

Unavailable at this Time

Winter Explorations

January - February 15

Program Descriptions

A Grain of Truth- Hike one mile along beach and foredune trails to learn about processes of glaciation,erosion and dune building.
The Chellbergs had a Farm- Visit a 1900 farm and participate in activities of work and play.
Discover- A sensory program immersing students in an atmosphere that promotes protection of nature and the park.
Fall Fanfare- Learn of fall activities and adaptations that plants and animals use to prepare for winter.
Habitat Hike- Discover and explore the many habitats of the Indiana Dunes.
Lake Michigan Alive- Learn the history and significance of Lake Michigan and how it impacts our lives.
Mt. Baldy Moves & West Beach Walks- Learn how wind, water,waves and plants work together to form dunes. Discover ways humans can alter or save the dunes.
Maple Sugar Time- Discover how maple sugar affected peoples' lives. Learn about technological advances in maple sugar production.
Pinhook Bog- Learn about this special geological feature of the region while walking on a board walk floating on sphagnum moss and seeing the diverse plant life of the bog including insect eating plants and tamarack trees.
Potawatomi and Fur Traders- Learn about the lifestyles of the Native Americans as they lived with the land and the traders as they came to the region.
Reflections on Snow- Explore animal tracking , predator/ prey relationships and winter habitats while hiking or cross country skiing in Miller Woods.
Secrets of Succession- Students will discover the forces that shape the dunes and produce the unique succession of plants.
Talk With the Animals- In this puppet show students will see how animals and plants of the outdoors work as neighbors to help one another.
Water World- Students will investigate the rich diversity of an interdunal pond and examine the pond's surrounding ecosystem of plants and animals.
Winter Explorations- Students will understand how plants and animals adapt to survive the winter through discussion and hike.

Last updated: September 14, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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